Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dyson gives up 5 runs, grand slam in top of 9, Rangers lose 9-6, get swept by Tribe to start new season.

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Dyson has been terrible in 2 outings. And the starting pitching has been so-so.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Elvis went yard and the offense put up 6 runs.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Pitching has been poor. The law of averages may be catching up to the Rangers and their razor thin run differential from a year ago. At least to start the season. The only hope is that the pitching gets better.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Rangers blow early lead, lose to Tribe in opening game 8-5

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: To say Yu could not locate his fastball after the first few innings is an understatement.  And Banny put Yu back out there for the 7th when he was pushing 90 pitches and just didn't have it.

Carlos Gomez getting thrown out trying to steal 2nd early in the game cost the Rangers a run when right after that Nomar had an extra base hit to start the game.

Joey Gallo again was without a hit.  He hit some hard, but no results.

Napoli in his return was 0 fer.

Elvis had a an error, surprise, surprise.

Dyson gave up 3 runs in the top of 9 to allow the Indians to break a 5-5 tie.

It was 5-1 Rangers after 4.  And the Rangers ended up losing 8-5.

Yu had 4 ER's, Bush had 1 ER, and the Rangers' closer Dyson had 3 ER's.  Is that good?  I'll answer that question for everyone.  No.  That's not good.

The new local announcers were sedate.  I cannot believe I'm going to write this but, I miss Buzz and Tag.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Yu started strong (even though he faded late),

Carlos Gomez had a homer and Odor had 2 HR's.  Elvis had a double and and triple.

Nomar looked strong at the plate

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: I saw something I had never seen before.  When Yu went back out for the 7th he had a strikeout, past ball that resulted in the batter safe at 1B and the run scoring from 3B.  Never seen than before.

The umps still suck.  Cargo was safe on that early steal attempt I think and after review they still called him out. BUT, had they called him safe to begin with he would have been safe after review too.  And the ump behind the plate flat out missed some strikes early especially low in the zone that Yu threw.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

And we're back. Chris provides a preview and predictions about your Texas Rangers' 2017 season.

You can read the full preview on the Cards Conclave blog right here.  Check it out! Chris' answers are the "TRB" ones.  Opening day for your Rangers is this Monday at 6:05 pm against the defending AL champion Cleveland Indians.  Go Rangers!


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Live Blogging-BJs win. 7-6.  Game over.  Season over.

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10th Inning:
3 Rangers up and down. 

Bottom of 10
Lead off double.  Maybe Bush was a bad decision.  And now the intentional walk.  1B and 2B, no outs.  Trouble.  And the season.

BJs win. 7-6.  Game over.  Season over.  Bad double play throw from 2B to 1B might have gotten them out of the inning.  It would have been close. 

9th Inning:
Crap, this is great and bad and awesome.  3 up and down for our Rangers.  Here we go.

Bottom of 9
Kela has been nothing short of amazing.  3 BJs up and down.  6-6.  Extra innings. 

8th Inning:
Betltre is pressing.  Ugly 2nd out strikeout.  Can't blame him.  This is may be his last chance.

Bottom of 8
3 up, 3 BJs down.  6-6.  It's getting tense.  Little nervous. 

7th Inning:
3 Rangers up and 3 Rangers down.  Crap.  6-6.

Bottom of 7
3 BJs up and 3 BJs down.  6-6.  OK.

6th Inning:
2 outs for our Rangers in the top of 6.  10 outs left.

1 on, 2 outs for the Rangers.  BJs starter has been pulled.  Let's see what we can do versus their bullpen.

Mitch!!! 2 run double with 2 outs.  Rangers 6-5.  Now it's really a ballgame.

Mitch stranded on 2nd.  Rangers up 6-5.  Wow. A shutdown, 3 up 3 down bottom of an inning is what is needed.

Bottom of 6
Diekman in and out.  BJs on 2nd and 3rd, no outs.  Intentional walk.  Now it's Kela, bases loaded.

Wild pitch, BJs tie it up.  6-6.  BJs on 2nd and 3rd, 2 outs.

Flyout line drive to LF.  Damage done.  New ballgame.  At least 3 innings to see if the Rangers play another game this year.  6-6.  Tie ballgame.

5th Inning:
Suggestion for all you politicos out there.  Put the Presidential debate on 1 screen (computer or TV) and the ballgame on the other.  Mute the ballgame.  The announcers suck anyway.

3 up, 3 down for the Rangers.

And now the BJs at bat.

4th Inning:

2 run homer by Odor.  5-4 BJs.  It's a ballgame again. 

Jeff, good point, why not Martin Perez to start this game?  And is available in the bullpen???

That's it, Mitch stranded on 1st after a 2 out walk, Elvis flew out to LF.  A shutdown inning would be nice.  Who's available in the bullpen???  Everyone, right?

Bottom of 4

Claudio is pitching.  He's been solid down the stretch.

Lead off walk, damn.

Double play to end inning.  Good.  1 run to reset this game would be too much to ask for, right?

3rd Inning:
Elivs.  Yard.  3-2 BJs.

Rangers get 1 back.  3-2 BJs.  Another shutdown inning from Mr. Baseball would be nice.  If not absolutely needed.

And in the bottom of 3, lead off hit, stole 2nd.  No outs.  Is a man on 2nd and no outs bad???

And a ground rule double scores another run.  And Banny is headed to the mound.  4-2 BJs.

Barnette is in pitching for the Rangers.

Single scores the BJs runner on 2nd.  Man on 1st, no outs.  BJs 5-2.  Shit.

2nd Inning:
Maybe Martin Perez should start warming up in the bullpen.

2 quick outs in the top of 2. 

Now it's up to Mitch.  And he struck out.  3 up, 3 down. 

And now the BJs get to bat again, bottom of 2 coming up...

Shutdown inning for the Cobra.

1st Inning:
Rangers up 1 after half an inning.

And now Mr. Baseball (Cobra Lewis spent some time in Japan) gives it right back giving up a 2 run homer in the bottom of 1.  Shit.

And another solo homer.  Damn.  3-1 BJs.  Damage done. 


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Your Rangers are down 0-2 in the series after our 2 aces got shelled.

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: This has been a continuation of the end of last year's series.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Now Cobra Lewis, Mr. Baseball, is set to start game 3. And hey, they have nothing to lose. Maybe they'll play looser. And better. Playing better would help too.
Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: I wonder how many teams have come back from an 0-2 deficit in a 5 game divisional series. I bet not many.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Don't call it a comeback. Oh wait. Yeah, do call it a comeback. Again.

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Kinda bad to always have to come from behind.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Kinda great that they seem to be able to.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Home field would be nice.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

5 wins so far in July for your Texas Rangers. Is that bad?


Monday, May 16, 2016

Rangers (Odor) beat (up) Blue Birds (Bautista)



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rangers swept the Astros, then get swept by White Sox, then split the 1st 2 versus Spankees


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Texas' bullpen STRUGGLES(and that's being nice), lose last 2 games of the series, lose series versus Seamen

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Yesterday Wilhelmsen gave up 2 homers and 2 extra base hits and did not record an out. That means his current ERA is INFINITY.

Tollseson blew a save opportunity in the 9th today and his ERA is now 45.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Wilhelmsen was visited on the mound yesterday by the new pitching coach Doug Brocail after getting beat up and not recording an out. Then he beaned the next batter and was thrown out. You gotta think that cane from the dugout. Maybe, right? And then Banny was jawing at the Seamen's manager. In which case, awesome! I cannot wait till we face the Seamen again.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Off to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California, United States of America, Earth, Milky Way (look it up, that's their official name) who I believe are paying Josh Hamiltn $30 million to sit on our bench.


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